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Trump administration says Russia, Iran enabled Syria chemical attack

McMaster said there is no contradiction between comments by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who says IS must be defeated first, and Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations who contends that getting Assad out is a priority.

Tillerson reiterated to CBS' "Face that Nation" that the administration's stance on Syria has not changed despite the missile strike and Trump's campaign pledge to put destroying ISIS at the top of his foreign policy goals. So Trump's decision to launch the strikes - an action President Barack Obama declined to take after a 2013 chemical attack - has raised optimism among rebels that Trump will more directly confront Assad. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the world is waiting for the Russian government "to act responsibly in Syria" and "to reconsider its misplaced alliance with Bashar Assad".

Ms Payne said she would be meeting with senior members of the US-led coalition in coming weeks.

Boris Johnson will push leading nations to demand Russian Federation withdraws its forces from Syria when he meets counterparts for talks in Italy next week. The sentiment was supported by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who on Sunday said in an interview with ABC news [ABC report], that once the threat of ISIS had been reduced, the U.S. would focus on stabilizing the situation in Syria. "Regime change is something that we think is going to happen", she said, adding that Washington was also focused on fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria and ending Iranian influence.

"We have information that a similar provocation is being prepared.in other parts of Syria including in the southern Damascus suburbs where they are planning to again plant some substance and accuse the Syrian authorities of using (chemical weapons)", Putin said Tuesday morning, when asked if he expected more USA airstrikes in Syria.

"If we can achieve ceasefires in zones of stabilisation in Syria, then I believe - we hope we will have the conditions to begin a useful political process".

In a phone conversation with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Rouhani said that the USA airstrike against Syria was a violation of worldwide law and the UN Charter.

A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said any difference in nuance was inadvertent and unintentional, and declined to comment further.

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"Our priority is first the defeat of ISIS", Tillerson told George Stephanopoulos on ABC. The Republican criticized calls by his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, for the establishment of a no-fly zone and "safe zones" to protect non-combatants.

Mattarella said at the press conference that Rome maintained the necessity of finding a solution for the Syrian crisis "on the basis of a dialogue at different levels between the Syrian parties, between regional players and within the worldwide community".

"The failure related to the recent strike and the recent awful chemical weapons attack in large measure is a failure on Russia's part to achieve its commitment to the global community". The attack drew worldwide condemnation. On Sunday, a joint command center comprised of Russian, Iranian and militia forces supporting Assad said it would respond to any new aggression and increase its support for its ally.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said Russian Federation was responsible for "every civilian death" in the Syrian chemical weapons attack, claiming President Putin was to blame "by proxy" as Assad's "principal backer".

It added that the allies of the Syrian government will increase their support to the Syrian army following the USA missile strike on a Syrian air base.

The statement by the Iranian and Russian military chiefs echoed comments made by their countries' leaders in the hours after the US strike. What we're saying is, other countries have to ask themselves some hard questions. "Russian Federation should ask themselves, 'What are we doing here?'" McMaster said.

Fallon, who was informed of the USA decision to strike Syria by his United States counterpart James "mad-dog" Mattis, praised Trump's decisive action to take the Airbase out.

In January, Johnson said Assad should be allowed to run for election to remain in power in Syria and warned that Britain may have to "think afresh" about how to handle the crisis after failing to live up to its mantra the dictator must go.

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